Tottenham Hotspur were defeated onTuesday, but Spurs' manager Mauricio Pochettino still saw the positives in the 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. In post match comments from The Guardian, the Spurs boss applauded his team's performance and effort:
And, transcribed quotes because accent:
It was a great game. It's disappointing but at the same time I'm proud for the effort from our players was great. But in football you need to be lucky to win points and today I think we were unlucky.
We need to keep working and move forward step by step. We have a young team, but we believe in our way and it's only one defeat.
Let's be honest, before the Arsenal match most Spurs fans would have probably expected a loss to Liverpool at Anfield, so there are certainly positives to take away from this match. While Spurs didn't exactly set the world on fire, they did play an in-form Liverpool virtually even at their home stadium. While there were problems with tiredness, scoring two away goals and losing to a last-gasp goal in a pressure cooker of an environment isn't the worst thing that could happen. (The worst thing that could happen would be losing 5-0 at home like Spurs did last season.) Sure, it sucks to lose to Liverpool again, but if nothing else their narrow defeat shows that they're ready to get that #narrative monkey off their collective backs.
Tottenham now get over a week to rest and prepare for their next match, the first leg of the Europa League tie with Fiorentina.